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Kaikoura walks

Kaikoura has some of the most amazing scenery "where the mountains meet the sea" within reach to all ages and fitness levels. Find here the short walks ( less than 2 hours), and click here for the longer walks. Be prepared and check the weather conditions. Please make sure you lock your car and don't have valuables visible. Check with Kaikoura i-SITE for more details before heading out.

Short walks

Point Kean Seal Colony

Duration of walk: 1 hour one-way
How to get there:

4km drive or 20minute walk from Kaikoura township towards Point Kean Seal Colony.

Intensity: Easy scenic walk and access
Description of walk:

A steep 5min start. The rest of the track is an easy walk and provides stunning views of the Kaikoura coastline, mountains and township. You can walk 1km out on the seabed at the Point Kean Seal Colony end of the track. Two areas to view seals at Point Kean. At low tide you can walk around the Point.

Facilities available: carpark, toilets and picnic area
Important information: Please remember that seals are wild creatures so don’t feed or litter. Treat seals with caution and respect and remain 10m away in distance.

Fyffe-Palmer Track

Duration of walk: 1 hour and 15 minutes return loop
How to get there:

Transport required.
A 10 minute drive form the Kaikoura Township to the Mt Fyffe road carpark

Intensity: moderate
Description of walk:

The start of the walk is steep through farmland. The track takes you through the regenerating forest of Fyffe-Palmer Scenic Reserve. Excellent views looking back over Kaikoura before you enter the forest

Facilities available: Car Parking area
Important information:

Omihi Lookout Track

Duration of walk: One hour return
How to get there:

Transport required.
A 15 minute drive from the Kaikoura township heading south on State Highway 1. The track starts opposite the Omihi camp ground, one kilometre south of Goose Bay

Intensity: Easy access short walk
Description of walk:

The track climbs through low coastal forest to a lookout point providing great views of the coastline

Facilities available:
Important information:

Okiwi Bay Lookout

Duration of walk: 20 minutes return
How to get there:

Transport required.
A 20 minute drive from the Kaikoura township heading north on State Highway 1 to Okiwi Bay carpark

Intensity: Short walk
Description of walk:

A steep short walk to the lookout

Facilities available: Car Park
Important information:

Puhi Puhi Reserve

Duration of walk: 30 minutes return
How to get there:

Drive 12kms north of Kaikoura then turn left up the Puhi Puhi Valley, a gravel road

Intensity: Easy access short walk
Description of walk:

A flat loop track through a scenic reserve, lowland Podocarp forest. A scenic reserve

Facilities available: Car parking area and picnic area
Important information: The valley is a gravel windy road, drive with care

Hinau walk

Duration of walk: 45 minute loop walk
How to get there:

Transport required.
10 minutes drive from the Kaikoura township turn down Ludstone road which merges into Red Swamp road. Turn left onto Postmans road and follow untill the base of Mount Fyffe car park

Intensity: Short walk. a well-formed track that is suitable for families
Description of walk:

The loop takes you through an unusual forest with a number of Hinau trees, Mahoe, Putaputaweta, Broadleaf, Tree Fushcia and Pigeonwood. The track passes through a stand of Kanuka

Facilities available: Car Park and Picnic area
Important information: Gravel roads as of Postmans road. Part of the drive to the walk is driving through riverbed

Ohau Stream & Waterfall

Duration of walk: 20 minutes return
How to get there:

Transport required

15 minutes drive from the Kaikoura township heading north on State Highway 1. Drive past the Ohau Seal viewing platform on the right over and down the rise to the left is the car park, the start of the walk. For more information, click here.

Intensity: Easy access short walk
Description of walk:

A short scenic walk alongside the Ohau stream to a picturesque waterfall. Sometimes in the winter months there may be a group of young playful seal pups swimming in the waterfall.

Facilities available: Car park and picnic area
Important information: Please remember the seal pups are wild creatures don't feed or litter. Treat these wild animals with caution and respect

Long walks

Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway

Duration of walk: 3 hours
How to get there:

50 minutes walk for Town to Point Kean carpark, or a 10 minute drive

Intensity: Moderate
Description of walk:

A natural seal colony is at the beginning of the walk. Amazing views and viewpoints, a stunning walk over the Kaikoura Peninsula. A well maintained track with interpretation panels on the way.
Click here for more information

Facilities available: Car parking area. Picnic area
Important information: Please respect the seals as they are wild creatures. Don't get between them and the sea. Keep your distance.

Patutu via Patutu

Duration of walk: 7-8 hours return
How to get there:

Transport required. 15 minutes north on State Highway 1. Okiwi Bay car park

Intensity: Hard
Description of walk:

A rugged steep climb with views of the Pacific Ocean

Facilities available: Car parking area
Important information:

Mt Fyffe hut

Duration of walk: 5 hours return
How to get there:

10 minutes drive from Kaikoura township to the base of Mt Fyffe
(same directions as to the Hinau walk)

Intensity: Hard
Description of walk:

The 4wd track winds up to fantastic views of Kaikoura’s peninsula and farmland. The summit is 8 hours return.
Click here for more information

Facilities available: Car parking area at the base. Hut with bunk beds and fire
Important information: Part of the drive to the walk is driving through riverbed and gravel roads. 1602m

Halfmoon Bay – Seaward Valley

Duration of walk: 4 hours return
How to get there:

15 minutes north of Kaikoura on State Highway 1

Intensity: Moderate-hard
Description of walk:

The walk takes you through regenerating native bush and rugged farmland

Facilities available: Car parking area
Important information:

Haumuri Bluff

Duration of walk: 4 to 5 hours
How to get there:

15 minutes drive south of Kaikoura on State Highway 1

Intensity: Moderate-hard
Description of walk:

Limestone Haumuri Bluffs. Minerals and fossils can be found along the beach, marine wildlife can sometimes be spotted

Facilities available: Car parking area
Important information: Tidal access required. No entry through Oaro Settlement

Okiwi Bay Pacific Lookout

Duration of walk: 2 hours return
How to get there:

Transport required.
A 20 minute drive north of Kaikoura on State Highway 1

Intensity: Easy-moderate
Description of walk:

A steep walk with very rewarding views of the Pacific Ocean

Facilities available: Car Parking area
Important information: